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KOOZA

KOOZA conta a história do Inocente, um solitário melancólico que procura o seu lugar no mundo.

Para o Cirque du Soleil, KOOZA é um regresso às origens. Neste espectáculo, combinam-se duas tradições circenses: os números acrobáticos e a arte do palhaço. O espetáculo evidencia as exigências de desempenho dos artistas em todo o seu esplendor e fragilidade, numa mistura colorida onde o humor físico tem uma presença especial.

O Inocente está rodeado de vários personagens divertidos e diferentes como o Rei, o Trapaceiro e o Turista Arrogante com seu Cachorro Mau.

Entre força e fragilidade, gargalhadas e sorrisos, desordem e harmonia, KOOZA explora temas como o medo, a identidade, o reconhecimento e o poder. O espectáculo acontece num mundo visual electrizante e exótico, cheio de surpresas, emoção, riscos, audácia e envolvimento total.

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Espetáculo em turnê: Holanda, Áustria, Espanha, Polônia, Alemanha

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KOOZA - Criadores

  • Guy Laliberté

    Fundador e guia criativo

    Guy Laliberté nasceu na Cidade do Quebeque em 1959. Este acordeonista, equilibrista sobre andas e cuspidor de fogo fundou o primeiro circo do Quebeque com reconhecimento internacional com o apoio de um pequeno grupo de cúmplices. Um audacioso visionário, Guy Laliberté reconheceu e cultivou os talentos dos artistas de rua da Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul e criou o Cirque du Soleil em 1984.

    Guy Laliberté foi o primeiro a orquestrar o matrimónio das disciplinas culturais, artísticas e acrobáticas - a marca distintiva do Cirque du Soleil. Desde 1984 que guia a equipa criativa na criação de cada espectáculo, tendo contribuído para elevar as artes circenses ao nível das grandes disciplinas artísticas.

    O Cirque du Soleil tornou-se numa organização internacional quer em termos da sua composição quer no que diz respeito ao alcance das suas actividades e influência. Actualmente, Guy Laliberté lidera uma organização com actividades em cinco continentes.

    Em Outubro de 2007, Guy Laliberté assumiu um segundo compromisso vitalício ao criar a Fundação ONE DROP, que se dedica a combater a pobreza em todo o mundo proporcionando o acesso sustentável a água potável.  Este novo sonho teve origem no reconhecimento da água como a chave para a sobrevivência dos indivíduos e das comunidades em todo o mundo e nos valores considerados fundamentais para o Cirque du Soleil desde o seu começo:  a crença que a vida retribui aquilo que damos, e que mesmo o mais pequeno gesto faz toda a diferença.

    Em Setembro de 2009, Guy Laliberté tornou-se no primeiro explorador espacial privado canadiano.  A sua missão dedica-se a sensibilizar as pessoas para os problemas de água que a humanidade enfrenta. Com o tema Moving Stars and Earth for Water, esta primeira missão social poética no espaço pretendia tocar as pessoas através de uma abordagem artística: um programa especial em formato webcast de 120 minutos com vários espectáculos artísticos a decorrer em 14 cidades de cinco continentes, incluindo a Estação Espacial Internacional.

    Principais prémios e distinções
    Em 2012, Guy Laliberté entrou para a Gaming Hall of Fame da Associação Americana de Jogos de Casino. Em 2011, foi aceite na Ordem do Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Em 2010, Guy recebeu a sua própria estrela no lendário Passeio da Fama em Hollywood. No mesmo ano, o governo do Quebeque prestou homenagem a Guy promovendo-o de Chevalier (uma distinção recebida seis anos antes) a Officier, como membro da Ordre de la Pléiade. A Université Laval (Quebeque) atribuiu um doutoramento honorário a Guy Laliberté em 2008. No ano anterior, Guy recebeu o prémio Entrepreneur of the Year da Ernst & Young para todos os três níveis: Quebeque, Canadá e Internacional. Em 2004, recebeu a Order of Canada, a mais elevada distinção do país, das mãos do Governador-geral do Canadá. No mesmo ano, a revista Time reconheceu-o como uma das 100 pessoas mais influentes do mundo. Em 2003, foi homenageado pelo grupo Condé Nast como parte do Never Follow Program, um tributo a criadores e inovadores. Em 2001, foi nomeado Great Montrealer pela Académie des Grands Montréalais. Em 1997, Guy Laliberté recebeu a Ordre National du Québec, a mais elevada distinção atribuída pelo governo do Quebeque.


    Outros prémios e distinções

    2009
    Prémio Lifetime Achievement, atribuído pela Canadian Marketing Association

    2002
    Aceite no Passeio da Fama canadiano

    1998
    Prémio Visionary, atribuído pelo American Craft Museum (actualmente, o Museum of Arts and Design de Nova Iorque)

    1996
    Prémio Vision nouvelle, recebido na 43ª Gala du Commerce (Quebeque)

    1988
    Personalidade do Ano, Gala Excellence La Presse (Quebeque)

    1988
    Empresário do Ano Year, revista Les Affaires (Quebeque)

     

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  • David Shiner

    Writer and Director

    David Shiner loves to make people laugh but he takes the art of clowning seriously. "In essence the clown is a character who helps us keep in touch with the sacred part of ourselves," he explains. "It's a difficult part to play. At the core of the character is longing and the wish to find meaning in life."

    David Shiner, who is best known as a clown, started out as a street mime in Paris and his career really took off in 1984 when was discovered at the renowned circus festival Cirque de Demain. He went on to perform with a succession of well-known companies including the German troupe Circus Roncalli and the Swiss National company Circus Knie. Between circus engagements he toured with Cirque du Soleil veteran René Bazinet performing the two-man show they created.

    David's first formal association with Cirque du Soleil came in 1990, when he performed in Nouvelle Expérience, touring for 19 months throughout Canada and the USA and playing for another year in Las Vegas. Thanks to such antics as stepping through, on and over much of the audience and his classic improv-based staging of a mock silent-movie melodrama with four members of the audience, he is probably the best-remembered of Cirque's clowns. The production was filmed for HBO in 1991 and his other television performances include numerous appearances on The Tonight Show.

    David made his feature film debut in 1992, playing the part of a clown in Lorenzo's Oil, and the following year he played straight man to Bill Irwin in Sam Shepard's Silent Tongue. He and Irwin then created the two-man, wordless show Fool Moon, featuring music by the Red Clay Ramblers, who had also performed in Silent Tongue. This evening of 'inspired lunacy' ran from 1992 to 1999, including three separate runs on Broadway. Fool Moon won a special Tony Award for Live Theatrical Presentation in 1999, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, and an Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award.

    In 2000 David originated the role of the Cat in the Hat, the host and guide of the Broadway stage musical Seussical. With the support of a grant from the Pugh Foundation he went on to develop a show at Seattle's ACT Theatre and later adapted part of that show for his one-man production David Shiner in the Round,

    "KOOZA is about human connection and the world of duality, good and bad," says David. "The tone is fun and funny, light and open. The show doesn't take itself too seriously, but it's very much about ideas, too. As it evolves we are exploring concepts such as fear, identity, recognition and power."

    David was born in 1953 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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  • Serge Roy

    Creation Director

    Serge Roy has been part of the Cirque du Soleil family since before the organization officially came into being.

    Serge grew up in a highly musical showbiz family – his father was a saxophonist working the thriving cabaret circuit in Quebec. Serge inherited a great enthusiasm and a remarkable talent for music and occasionally sang professionally as a child. He fell into pop music almost by accident and recorded a hit single, but by the time it was released he was already looking for a different direction, a career that would be more artistically satisfying and personally fulfilling.

    He studied theater and played drums for a couple of years but it was only when he travelled to the artistic community of Baie St. Paul that everything really clicked. It was a time and a place of tremendous creative ferment. Gilles Ste-Croix and Guy Laliberté were putting together the shows that would eventually lead to the foundation of Cirque du Soleil – and Serge knew immediately that this was where he belonged.

    Following a stint as stage manager for the 1984 and 1985 show Le Cirque du Soleil, he left the company for several years to work on other projects. In 1989, he came back to Cirque to take on the job of North American Tour Manager for the show Nouvelle Expérience, and continued as Tour Manager for Saltimbanco in 1992 and 1993.

    He then pursued other projects for a period of more than two years. But the appeal of Cirque drew Serge back once again in 1995 to become Artistic Coordinator for the show Alegría, during its runs in North America and Tokyo. Later the same year he joined the Saltimbanco troupe for its European Tour, also as Artistic Coordinator. Also in 1995, Serge became the Artistic Director of Quidam.

    Two years later, he left Europe for Las Vegas to work as Artistic Coordinator for the show Mystère, presented at Treasure Island. Soon afterwards he accepted the position of Artistic Director for Dralion during its creation and first touring years in North America. In January 2003 he left Quidam to return to his ‘first love' Saltimbanco as Artistic Director.

    KOOZA showcases two major circus traditions: clowns and acrobatic performance. “They are very different,” says Serge Roy. “But it’s a marriage that goes back centuries. They come from the same world, the world of circus. This show as a whole brings us closer to the simplicity and humanity of an earlier circus – and closer to the audience. Very convivial. It reminds you of street performance. It’s a mixture of acrobatics and clowning that is really rooted in circus and in the origins of Cirque du Soleil.”

    Serge Roy was born in Montréal, in 1957.

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  • Stéphane Roy

    Cenografia

    A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Stéphane Roy has worked as both a set designer and artistic director on over 100 productions in Montreal and abroad. While mainly active in theatre and dance, he has also worked in film, television, advertising and variety shows.

    Over the years Stéphane’s career has led to close working relationships with a number of directors and arts companies: He created the sets for several plays presented at Espace Go and the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in Montreal and since 1990 he has designed sets for dance productions by such internationally-acclaimed dance troupes as La La La Human Steps and O Vertigo.

    Given that professional background, plus an architect father, a mother active in theatre and a unique social and artistic approach to performance space, it was perhaps inevitable that Stéphane would gravitate toward Cirque du Soleil, a relationship that began with the creation of Dralion, and continued with Varekai, Zumanity, KOOZA and now, Zarkana.

    Since 2011, Stéphane has been one of three artists in residence appointed by the Montreal Nature Museums group to create organic links between the city’s four natural science museums. He also designed The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terra Cotta Army exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

    His achievements have earned him many awards and honors, including being named Revelation of the Year, All Categories Combined, by the Association Québécoise des Critiques de Théâtre in 1989. In 1992, the same association honored him with the award for best set design. His talent has also been recognized by the Conseil des Arts de la Communauté Urbaine de Montréal, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the Académie Québécoise du Théâtre.

    "In the lyrical, fantastic world of Zarkana, the setting, an abandoned decrepit theatre, is a character in its own right,” says Stéphane Roy. “The walls breathe, move and sing. In terms of aesthetics, we are at the beginning of the last century, between 1910 and 1930, midway between Gaudí, Klimt and Art Nouveau. The organic shapes are a nod to the master French glassmaker and jeweler René Lalique."

    Stéphane Roy lives in Montreal.

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  • Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt

    Costume Designer

    For the past 20 years Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt has designed costumes for a large number of theatre, dance, opera and film productions. Her work, which combines the two diciplines she has specialized in – set design as well as costume design – has been seen around the world.

    Since 1989 she has worked particularly closely with world-renowned writer, actor and director Robert Lepage, creating the costumes for many of his productions, including Les Sept Branches de la Rivière Ota, La Géométrie des Miracles, La Face Cachée de la Lune, Peter Gabriel's Growing Up tour, La Trilogie des Dragons and KÀ, for Cirque du Soleil.

    Through the years Marie-Chantale has won many major Canadian awards for her work, including two Masques de la Conception des Costumes, in 1995 and 2005. She has also received many award nominations – notably from the Genies and the Jutras for her work with Robert Lepage on the feature film Nô.

    "Even if KOOZA isn't specifically a clown show, a number of the characters are played by clowns," notes Marie-Chantale. "I needed to avoid clichés and caricature so I concentrated more on archetypes of universal and unchanging characters. There is a comic-book aesthetic to the designs, but it's filtered through the naïve point of view of the main character, The Innocent.

    My costumes draw on a wide variety of sources of inspiration: everything from graphic novels, the paintings of Gustav Klimt, Baron Münchhausen, the Mad Max movies, time-travel movies to India and Eastern Europe. This visually naïve, exotic and timeless universe evokes the world of toys, lead soldiers and children's books, with a wink toward Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz."

    Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt was born in Sept-Iles, Quebec in 1967.

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  • Jean-François Côté

    Composer

    A self-taught keyboard player, composer and prolific electronic musician since the 80s, Jean-François Côté is very active on the LA music scene. He has also worked with many of Quebec's leading singers and trailblazing groups. He is known for mixing existing styles seamlessly with electronic music to invent new forms.

    Jean-François was a promising hockey player as an adolescent, but he discovered his true calling at the age of 16 when he started playing keyboards with rock and soul groups on the Montreal music scene, developing sounds and a style that were uniquely his own. At the same age he got a job as a security guard for the very first Cirque du Soleil show. "At night," he recalls, "I would sneak behind René Dupéré's keyboard to make music and polish my technique."

    Years later Jean-François was playing keyboards for singer Julie Masse and was noticed by Cirque du Soleil composer Benoit Jutras. That encounter led to his first formal association with the company as Musical Director and Conductor for the Cirque shows "O" and Mystère. He also created the sound design for the Taiko drum sequence in the Cirque Imax film Journey of Man.

    Jean-François says Cirque is one of the most stimulating environments in which to work as a composer. "In spite of its size, Cirque has remained true to its primary vocation: the creation of quality shows. The liberty they give to the creators is unequaled."

    To express the human and funny aspects of KOOZA Jean-François Côté says he was inspired by Western pop music, from 70s funk to orchestral music, adding, "I also drew upon traditional Indian music and film scores from the 40s and 50s, a period I'm particularly fond of."

    Jean-François Côté was born in 1968 in Montreal.

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  • Clarence Ford

    Choreographer

    Clarence Ford is a prolific dancer, choreographer, teacher and film director from Toronto whose creations have been seen and enjoyed throughout Canada, the US and the rest of the world. He loves to collaborate with other artists and has worked alongside the legendary James Brown and stylized music videos for Robbie Williams and Barenaked Ladies to mention just a few.

    When he was five Clarence dreamed of becoming a pro hockey player. In High School he competed in track and field, breaking the Canadian Interscholastic record for the 100 meters, which attracted many athletic scholarships from the US. At the age of 17 he discovered dance and his career took off when he became a member of Soul Express, a troupe that undertook several cross-Canada tours, appeared on award shows and TV shows including their own special on CBC Television.

    From a stylistic point of view Clarence Ford is an innovator. He was one of the first choreographers in North America to incorporate street and hip hop choreography in Olympic figure skating and synchronized swimming. His work was so sensational that two Olympic skaters won gold medals with his choreography.

    Clarence has choreographed several figure skating specials such as Stars on Ice, and prize-winning routines for international skating stars including Kurt Browning, Scott Hamilton, Victor Kraatz and Shae-Lynn Bourne. He has also worked on Canadian award shows such as the Junos, the Genies and the Geminis.

    His work in film has taken him to Los Angeles, the West Indies and all over Europe, and includes choreography for such major studios as DreamWorks, Universal and Miramax. The feature films he has worked on include The Ladies Man, starring Will Ferrell, Tuxedo with Jackie Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Undercover Brother with Eddie Griffin and Billy Dee Williams. He has also choreographed around 40 television commercials, produced, directed and choreographed fashion shows and numerous special events such as the Reebok fashion show for Fashion Television. He has also produced, directed and choreographed concerts for Arrested Development, Soul Decision and Sugar Jones.

    Clarence Ford first worked with Cirque du Soleil in 1997, when Debra Brown invited him to take part in the studio workshops and contribute some of his choreographies for the Cirque show La Nouba. He followed that by joining the general training program at Cirque's International Headquarters in Montreal.

    Clarence says the choreography in KOOZA takes its inspiration from urban pop culture, vaudeville's "Eccentric Dance," jazz and street performance. "For me, it's about this fusion of choreography evolving into its own language," he says. "That provokes emotions, shows power and gives our audiences excitement!" 

    Clarence Ford was born in Toronto in 1956.

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  • Martin Labrecque

    Lighting Designer

    Martin Labrecque’s professional credits include more than 140 theatrical productions, as well as circus shows. Martin contributed to the critical success of several Quebec shows. He has won many Quebec awards for his lighting design in addition to several nominations. Martin Labrecque created the lighting for two critically acclaimed circus shows produced by Cirque Éloize, Rain and Nomade, as well as Cirque du Soleil shows Corteo, KOOZA, Viva ELVIS and Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour before KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities. In 2009, Martin designed the lighting for an eleven-hour show by Canadian author, director and actor Wajdi Mouawad, which was presented in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France. He also worked on the show Paradis Perdu, directed by Dominic Champagne and presented in Montreal and Belles Soeurs (2011) directed by René Richard Cyr.

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  • Jonathan Deans

    Designer de som

    Jonathan Deans, um dos mais requisitados designers de som no mundo do teatro musical, é o responsável pelo ambiente sonoro de Viva ELVIS. Foi responsável pelos arranjos sonoros de Saltimbanco, Mystère, “O”, La Nouba, ZUMANITY, KÀ, Corteo, The Beatles LOVE, KOOZA, Wintuk, CRISS ANGEL Believe e, mais recentemente, OVO, Jonathan considera o trabalho no Cirque e a abordagem criativa em equipe algo bastante estimulantes.

    Jonathan já era fascinado por eletrônica desde muito jovem. Aos 15, entrou para a companhia Royal Shakespeare Company como ator, onde seu interesse pelo som se misturou ao contexto teatral. Muitos anos mais tarde, depois de uma temporada como engenheiro de som na indústria musical, em especial no Morgan Studios onde trabalhou lado a lado com artistas como Cat Stevens, Paul Simon e Rick Wakeman, voltou aos teatros graças ao Royal Opera House, Covent Garden e, posteriormente, para a mixagem de som do musical A Chorus Line. Com muitos sucessos seguidos, se tornou o engenheiro de mixagem de som para dezenas de produções, incluindo Evita, Cats, Bugsy Malone e The Sound of Music.

    As conquistas de Jonathan como engenheiro de mixagem de som fez com que fosse contratado como designer de som no musical Marilyn. A esse feito, seguiram-se outros trabalhos em apresentações do West End, incluindo Time, Les Misérables, Mutiny, Jean Seberg e, em seguida, na Broadway, Ragtime, Fosse, King David, Damn Yankees, Taboo, Brooklyn, Lestat, Pirate Queen e Young Frankenstein.

    Para Jonathan Deans, os teatros permanentes do Cirque e o picadeiro são duas esferas completamente diferentes, quando o assunto é o design de som. "A demanda técnica é diferente, mas no que diz respeito à textura e à camada da música e do som, é a mesma coisa", conta. "Meu trabalho é criar um ambiente único para cada produção. E, seja qual for o ambiente, do ponto de vista acústico, devo me assegurar de que cada pessoa na plateia tenha a sensação de que está entrando em outro mundo.

    "Não temos o Elvis em nosso espetáculo, mas tudo o que fazemos está relacionado a ele, por isso, é muito importante que o sistema de som tenha o mesmo impacto que o sistema visual, que esteja à altura de Elvis", afirma Jonathan Deans. "O teatro para Viva ELVIS foi construído em grande escala, para se equiparar ao legado do rei. Para desenvolver um sistema de som que estivesse à altura dos desafios, enterramos subwoofers no solo para que pudéssemos utilizar a ressonância de baixa frequência da própria estrutura de concreto, de modo a incluir vibrações sonoras subsônicas que movimentariam literalmente o auditório em resposta às apresentações de música ao vivo, além de criar efeitos sonoros."

    Jonathan Deans nasceu na Inglaterra e reside na região de Nova York.

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  • Leon Rothenberg

    Sound Designer

    Leon Rothenberg brings an extensive and varied background in music composition and computer programming to his work as a sound designer. In 1995 he studied North Indian Classical Music at the Sangit Mahabharati School in Mumbai, India while a student at Oberlin College, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree as well as a B.A. in Computer Science. He earned his MFA in Sound Design from the California Institute of the Arts in 2002.

    “I like to think that my way of thinking about sound is very musical. Even as a kid I knew I wanted a career in music and I played many different instruments. But I had also done lots of sound experiments using a reel-to-reel machine, starting when I was about eight years old,” Leon recalls. “In college I started writing music for plays and I realized sound composition and sound design for theatre provided far more opportunities for collaboration, and that was exciting.”

    After completing graduate school Leon worked as a Production Engineer for college and community theatrical productions in Southern California. It wasn’t long before he found himself in demand for larger shows at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, New York and further afield. In 2003 he co-designed the sound for a large multi-building site-specific production of King Lear that was presented in Los Angeles and in France. He has also worked on a number of experimental animation films and taught courses in Creative Listening and Sound Design.

    Leon Rothenberg’s first experience on a Cirque du Soleil show was as the assistant to sound designer Jonathan Deans on KÀ. Their association continued with Corteo, LOVE at the Mirage, and the travelling show Kooza – for which Leon received his first Cirque credit as a sound designer.

    Leon summarizes his approach to Wintuk by observing, “You want to reconcile the auditory experience with the visual experience so that no matter where you sit you get something compelling and interesting.”

    Leon Rothenberg was born in 1974 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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  • Rogé Francoeur

    Props Designer

    Rogé Francoeur dreamed of acting as a youngster, but it was behind the scenes rather than on stage that he was to make his mark. His studies in Fine Arts in Quebec and sculpture at York University in Toronto led him to a career creating props for film, theatre and television productions.

    Rogé started in film as a set decorator, model-maker and props designer. He worked on many features, including Emile Radok's Taming of the Demons (1985) which was instrumental in his choice of career. He also applied his three-dimensional point of view to Shadow of the Wolf (1992) directed by Jacques Dorfmann, the 1993 TV movie Zelda directed by Pat O'Connor, and Screamers (1995) directed by Christian Duguay.

    In 1996, Rogé Francoeur worked as a creative assistant, set decorator and model-maker for Cinema Avenue Japan, a major film exhibition in presented in Tokyo. For the past six years he has taught prop design and set painting at a college in Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec, and he is currently completing a Master's degree in teaching with a thesis on show creation.

    Rogé's first formal association with Cirque did not come until 1992 when he worked with the costume designer Dominique Lemieux on the creation of Saltimbanco. He went on to work with set designer Michel Crête, creating props for the shows Mystère and Alegría in 1993 and 1994. Since 2003 he has been a consultant on R&D projects for Cirque and has also worked closely with the costume department. He says it was his work on Alegría that really caught the attention of the company, which led to KOOZA – the first time he has worked on a Cirque show as a designer.

    "KOOZA is an exploration of the world of the clown, as imagined by David Shiner," he explains. "The performances of the comic actors are at a very high level and the props must never upstage their characters. My constant preoccupation is to keep things simple, ergonomic and compatible with the set design. My approach to prop design is impressionistic. Props are often only fully revealed when seen from a distance, or under lighting."

    Rogé Francoeur was born in 1963 in Macamic, Quebec.

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  • Danny Zen

    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

    Danny Zen first arrived at Cirque du Soleil in 1990 to work as a welder in the company's workshops. That same year he went on the first European tour of Le Cirque Réinventé, then moved on to Nouvelle Expérience on which he worked as a welder, assembler, mechanic and head usher. In 1992 he toured with Saltimbanco as a tent technician.

    Since 1993 Danny has worked in the continuing development of the Creative Studio at Cirque du Soleil. His innovations as head rigger and technical expert are largely responsible for establishing Cirque's demanding standards in training all its riggers, and maintaining the safety of the performers and technicians at all times.

    Danny has worked at the National Circus School in Montreal and has, over the years, contributed to the design of most of the aerial acrobatic equipment used in the Cirque du Soleil shows Alegría, Mystère, Quidam, Dralion, Varekai, "O", La Nouba and. He was also Head Rigger for Quidam in 1996. In 2008, he designed the rigging and equipment for the acrobatics show at the Quebec City 400th anniversary celebrations.

    Zarkana is Danny Zen’s third engagement as Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer for a Cirque du Soleil show, following Corteo and KOOZA.

    “The acrobatic equipment on Zarkana was designed to blend in with the 1930s-inspired décor of the show,” he says. “The action of the show is set in the same period. I'm fascinated by the curves and organic shapes of that era and I've been inspired by the French Art Nouveau master glassmaker and jeweler Lalique and the Spanish architect and engineer Calatrava."

    Danny Zen was born in Saint-Luc, Québec.

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  • André Simard

    Criador da representação acrobática

    André Simard tem trabalhado com o Cirque du Soleil desde 1987, ano em que criou um número de trapézio para o espectáculo I, originando uma verdadeira revolução na arte do movimento aéreo. Desde então, Simard tem assinado a maioria dos números aéreos para os onze espectáculos que o Cirque du Soleil tem em cena por todo o mundo.

    Há mais de 30 anos que André Simard tem tido sucesso no equilíbrio das três áreas que domina: as belas-artes, o desporto e o circo. No início da década de 70 pertencia à equipa nacional de ginástica do Canadá ao mesmo tempo que estudava no Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Montreal. Ainda, ao mesmo tempo que se preparava para participar nos Jogos Olímpicos de Munique, em 1972, tinha a responsabilidade de preparer palhaços e outros entertainers no Centre Immaculée-Conception, em Montreal, uma filial da Escola Nacional de Circo, em Montreal. Nas suas próprias palavras, afirma “estar em constante busca da fusão das regras da biomecânica , aplicadas ao treino atlético, com o poder evocativo próprio das artes perfomativas”. Esta era a abordagem que utilizava nas suas lições na Escola Nacional de Circo, bem como no Centro Nacional de Arte Circense, em Châlons-sur-Marne, e Na Escola Nacional de Circo de Rosny-sous-Bois, ambas em França.

    Em 1995 fundou o Studio de Création Les Gens d’R, em Montreal, um esforço artístico que lhe deu a possibilidade de desenvolver a expressão emocional nos movimentos aéreos. Em 2001, esta companhia estreou pela primeira vez, com o espectáculo Échos, em Veneza. Este espectáculo contou com o apoio da organização do famoso Festival Bienal de Artes daquela cidade.

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  • Florence Cornet

    Makeup Designer

    Florence Cornet has been exploring ways to connect with the public through her makeup designs for over twenty-five years. In addition to having worked on numerous theatre, dance, opera and musical productions, her impressive résumé also includes costume, artistic direction and puppetry work, as she has been involved with over 200 productions in the course of her career. Her work has been featured in productions at some of Quebec’s leading venues, including Théâtre Petit à Petit, Théâtre du Trident, Théâtre de la Licorne and Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. She teaches make-up techniques in theatre and circus schools and has spent several years working in film and television. She has worked with renowned Quebec directors such as Serge Denoncourt, Dominic Champagne, Claude Poissant, Wajdi Mouawad, Denise Guilbault, Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, as well as Robert Lepage. In 2000, she was nominated for a Gémeaux Award for best make-up for Bernar Hébert’s film Une âme immortelle. After Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, Florence Cornet is designing the make-up for her second Cirque du Soleil show following KOOZA.

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